February 27, 2015
Where: 1607 S. Broad St., 267-314-5936, cinemug.coffee. The lowdown: CineMug is a caffeine-fueled shot in the arm for the video-rental business. Backstory: Owner Dan Creskoff is rental-store royalty, one of the final managers of dearly departed TLA Video. "Customers used to love hanging out and talking about movies, so why not provide a place where they could do that?" CineMug opened about a month ago. Creskoff chose South Philly for its "vibrancy. " The beans: ReAnimator Coffee's Foundation Blend, plus a rotating list of single-origins.
March 25, 2013 |
Everybody knows video stores are dead. Dead as an idea and dead as a business. Except, somehow, Miguel Gomez didn't get the memo. "I am," said the 32-year-old film fanatic, "quite the optimist. " And, in downtown Ardmore, he's making a stand, opening Viva Video: The Last Picture Store in the glassy, three-room expanse of what used to be a toy shop. He's sure he can attract not just a niche of customers but a big, healthy slice, luring people who love browsing for surprises, who dislike the thumbnail-size posters that pass for description on Netflix, and who see a local video store the same way they see a neighborhood coffee shop: A place for sustenance and conversation.
October 4, 2011 |
Goofy signs declaring, "No Humans Allowed. " Ceiling in eye-catching purple. Posters of Wizard of Oz -era Judy Garland. There's a lot to look at inside TLA Video in Bryn Mawr, but in the end, most visitors are there for one thing: movies. There are aisles and aisles of them, and a staff of self-proclaimed film nerds to guide the way. The Lancaster Avenue store now finds itself the last of seven TLAs, and its future beyond the expiration of its lease in October 2012 is uncertain.
August 12, 2011 |
TLA Video at 1520 Locust St., a beloved Center City store catering to nearly every taste in film, will be closing its doors for good. The store will end rentals after Aug. 21 and close until Aug. 25, when it will sell off inventory through Aug. 29 and again from Sept. 1 to 6. Customers this week lamented the soon-to-be passing of the neighborhood institution, which has been there since the late 1980s. Terry Bosworth, 53, recalled how he would tell employees about a film he was looking for: " 'I want that movie where so and so do this and that,' and they come up with the title.
January 3, 2011 |
GERMANTOWN Academy grad Bradley Cooper and Abbie Cornish take over Sampan (124 S. 13th) Friday, filming what we hear is the new ending for "Limitless. " The film, also starring Robert De Niro , was called "The Dark Fields" while shooting here last spring. A movie spokeswoman did not reply to questions about the nature of the Sampan scene or whether there are more reshoots in town for the thriller, scheduled to open March 18. While it's the first movie shoot at chef Michael Schulson 's Sampan, the restaurant regularly hosts movie dialogue.
September 22, 2010 |
WITH THE EAGLES cutting Hank Baskett , the future is uncertain for local production of "Kendra. " The E! show, which follows the wide receiver and Playboy Playmate bride Kendra Wilkinson , began shooting in the area several weeks ago. The couple, and their son, Hank IV , recently moved into the Residences at Two Liberty Place in Center City. Inquiries to E! and to Wilkinson's reps about plans for shooting were not returned. The Philadelphia Film Festival kicks off Oct. 14 and Ray Murray hopes it's very successful.
September 22, 2009 |
Law Abiding Citizen, F. Gary Gray's vigilante thriller starring Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler that was shot locally this year, will open the 18 1/2 annual Philadelphia Film Festival - yes, that's 18 1/2 - running Oct. 15 to 19. The abbreviated event premiering about 30 features and docs marks the bow of the festival's new management and its move to the fall season. "Consider it the amuse-bouche before the full-blown banquet of Festival 19 next October," Harlan Jacobson, PFF artistic director, said yesterday of the program, which includes films starring George Clooney, Chris Rock and Meg Ryan.
July 10, 2009 |
Don't let the title fool you. Pornography, the feature debut of Philadelphia-born writer-director David Kittredge, which will screen at Philadelphia QFest, is not a porn flick. It is, however, a deeply affecting and disturbing thriller that has earned Kittredge comparisons to David Lynch and David Cronenberg. Pornography is one of several strong QFest entries by local directors. Kittredge, 37, who grew up in Chestnut Hill and worked part-time at TLA Video during his senior year at Penn Charter, is the prototypical video store clerk turned Hollywood success.
March 13, 2009 |
Dennis Potter referred to the cancer that killed him in 1994 at the age of 59 as Rupert, after media mogul Rupert Murdoch, who represented everything the dramatist loathed about the media, especially his chosen medium, TV. To Potter, TV didn't have to be a boob tube. Best-known for his surreal 1986 hardboiled noir musical, The Singing Detective, he infused his more than 40 TV plays and series with complex stories, imagery, and often controversial social commentary. Dennis Potter: 3 to Remember, from Koch Vision (www.